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The journey home – 'home' still being the word I instinctively use for the house I grew up in, atop of wild Welsh hillside, even if today it's where I go to escape everyday life – begins with bustle. The battle on the Tube with a case, the dash around Euston juggling handbag-paper-coffee-lunch. It's wise to stock up: the journey to Pen-y-Bont takes over four hours, via Crewe and Shrewsbury. It's very much not the route a crow would fly...

Man found dead after being swept away as flash floods cause chaos across Britain

The body of a man has been found after he was swept away by a flash flood in Shropshire.

Potato buyer jailed for £9m Sainsbury's potato scam

A Sainsbury's potato buyer who funded a millionaire's lifestyle by taking part in a scam that stole money from the supermarket giant was jailed for four years today.

Pregnant art teacher was unfairly sacked

An art teacher at an independent girls' school who was sacked after becoming pregnant has won her case of unfair dismissal.

The rare celestial display will not be visible again until 2117 and 2125

Astronomers around the UK prepare to see a rare celestial display – the transit of Venus

Stargazers will hope the clouds part tomorrow at 5am to allow them to see the planet cross the Sun

Earthquake hits market town of Ludlow

An earthquake hit the market town of Ludlow today, the British Geological Survey said.

Hundreds of thousands of 11-year-olds leaving primary school unable to swim

More than 200,000 11-year-olds quit primary school every year unable to swim, according to a report out today.

Friends pay tribute to girl killed at campsite

Tributes poured in yesterday for a teenage girl who was killed in a campsite tragedy, thought to have been caused by a disposable barbecue.

Teenage girl dies at Bucknell campsite

A teenage girl has died at a campsite and three other people were taken to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning.

Teenage girl dies at Shropshire campsite

A teenage girl has died at a campsite and three other people have been taken to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning.

Police quesion man after Tottenham Court Road office siege

Detectives were continuing today to question a 48-year-old man arrested following a siege in central London.

Letters: Underachievers lack help at home

You write "Teachers do not always know best" (leading article, 6 April); so who knows better? As a retired teacher, whose family has served state education continuously since the late 1800s, and with a brother and sister-in-law both primary heads and a daughter teaching in a secondary school, I believe that my experience enables me to have an opinion.

Pregnant woman relives machete raid ordeal

A pregnant woman has described how she was left "terrified" by machete-wielding burglars who tied her to a chair after threatening her three-year-old son.

Video: Broken wrist boy receives letter and shirt from Wayne Rooney

During the warm-up ahead of Manchester United's victory over Wolves at Molineux earlier this month, Wayne Rooney inadvertently broke the wrist of a nine-year-old boy.

Simon Kelner: Twitterspeak evolved too late for Darwin, thankfully

Our world is a frantic, intellectually combustible place. Opinions are 10 a penny in the age of Twitter. Mature reflection does not play a major part in public discourse. Knee-jerk reaction?

Wayne Rooney at Molineux

Wayne Rooney apologises for nine-year-old's broken wrist

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has apologised to a nine-year-old football fan after he fired a stray shot into the crowd which broke the youngster's wrist.

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Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
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Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee